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I often see people looking for a good Betfair bot that would work on their mobile phones (iPhones, etc). Most of the existing Betfair bots are developed for Windows OS or Mac OS and there are few applications that would allow you to trade on Betfair from your phone. Moreover such mobile Betfair bots are usually limited in their functionality.
A good alternative for those who wants to use a bot on their phone is a website based bot. It is not an application that you download from Google Market or App Store, but rather a website where you can login from any device including computers, Android or Apple phones. In the same time it has all functions available in full power computer Betfair bots. You even don’t need to install this bot on your mobile, just open the website in browser.
Currently I am aware only about one such web based Betfair bot that can be accessed from a mobile phone, it is 5starbot (www.5starbot.com). If you know any other such Betfair bots, please let us know in the comments.
Sometimes you may find yourself in a situation when no Betfair software available on the market fits your requirement. You may have some very specific logic to select horses. Maybe you need to check prices on both Win and Place markets, limit matched volumes and so on. The best way might be to get a custom made Betfair software. You don’t have to be a software programmer but you can hire someone to develop the software for you.
There are several ways to get this done. You may request new features for a particular Betfair software for sale. For example, Betsender team offers free custom staking plans for anyone who has purchased the software.
Also Betfair has it’s own directory of companies that offer their services.
Recently Betfair has announced their support program for mobile software developers. To encourage developing of mobile bots, Betfair offers a share in it’s commission revenue.
Any vendor who sells mobile software for Betfair will receive 5% of Betfair commission generated by all users betting with the software. The group of mobile platforms consist of Apple OS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7. The software has to use Betfair API and pass certification process.
The offer is valid until 30th April 2012.
At the moment there is not many Betfair programs developed for mobile devices, so hopefully this new initiative will change the things.
From Wikipedia: “An application programming interface (API) is a particular set of rules and specifications that a software program can follow to access and make use of the services and resources provided by another particular software program that implements that API.” In other words API is a kind of protocol which a software developer can use to create software that works with a particular service (API provider).
Betfair has it’s own API to allow software developing companies make software which access Betfair’s data. In this case Betfair is service provider and other companies are clients to it’s services. The API can be used in different programming languages which support web services. It can be utulised even in Excel.
The API has been designed for two purposes. First is to give vendors a unified, not html-dependent way to make Betfair software. Second is to control increasing number of software and minimize security risks for users who use the software. The second purpose is achieved by requirement to pass certification process to access API for every redistributable software.
There are Free API (personal) and Vendor API (commercial). Commercial API is dedicated for software vendors who want to distribute their software to other users. Usually it’s a trading software or software for tipsters. It’s goals are speed and manageability. You have a vendor control panel where it’s possible to manage Betfair users who can use your software. However Vendor API costs 200 GBP per month to a vendor. Free API doesn’t have any charges, but the number of requests is limited. For instance, it’s not allowed to request market prices more than 60 times per minute. Here is the official Betfair page comparing these two APIs.
Free API can be easily accessed by anyone who has some programming knowledge. There are free samples which demonstrate how to utilise the Betfair API.